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Dr Chris Langley

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Professional biography

I joined the OU in 2022 after teaching at Aberdeen, York and Newman University. I was Visiting Scholar at the University of St Andrews in 2014 and Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh in 2018. I studied at Birmingham and Aberdeen. 

I am a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Research interests

I am interested in early modern religious culture, especially in Scotland: I want to know how people in the past experienced religion and how it fit into their lives.

My previous research has explored how the Civil Wars affected worship; how social care in seventeenth-century Scotland was shaped by religious and political change; and how clergy and their families experienced the Reformation and Civil Wars. My current research project explores the Scottish General Assemblies between 1638 and 1653.

I am also interested in how historians create and use digital resources. I am the Co-Director of the project ‘Mapping the Scottish Reformation: A database of the Scottish clergy, 1560-1689’. I am also considering ways that historians can use open linked data to understand parish records from across the British Isles. 

Teaching interests

I have experience teaching a range of early modern history modules, from foundation to postgraduate level. 

I am part of the module team for A223 'Early modern Europe: Society and culture, 1500–1780' and manage teams of Associate Lecturers on A111 'Discovering the arts and humanities', A112 'Cultures' and A329 'The making of Welsh history'. 

I welcome PhD proposals from those interested in any aspect of the religious cultures of early modern Britain and Ireland.

External collaborations

I am the Special Issues Editor for Scottish Historical Review. I serve as the Publicity Secretary for the Ecclesiastical History Society and sit on the council of the Scottish History Society, Scottish Church Heritage Research and the Jisc Open Research Advisory Board. 

I am an External Examiner for the History programmes at Keele and Edinburgh. 

Publications

Old age, the clergy and a rite of passage in early modern Scotland (2023)
Langley, Chris R.
Studies in Church History ((In Press))


Clergy widows in early modern Scotland (2022-10)
Langley, Chris R.
Scottish Church History, 51(2) (pp. 111-132)


Parish Politics and Godly Agitation in Late Interregnum Scotland (2021-09)
Langley, Chris R.
Church History, 90(3) (pp. 557-578)


Deportment, emotion and moderation at the Glasgow Assembly, 1638 (2020-08)
Langley, Chris R.
Historical Research, 93(261) (pp. 466-482)


Mapping the Scottish Reformation: Tracing Careers of the Scottish Clergy, 1560-1689 (2019)
Brock, Michelle D. and Langley, Chris R.
International Review of Scottish Studies, 44 (pp. 27-34)


“In the execution of his office”: lay officials and the exercise of ecclesiastical discipline in Scotland, c. 1600-1660 (2018)
Langley, Chris R.
The Seventeenth Century, 33(5) (pp. 497-512)


Sheltering under the Covenant: The National Covenant, Orthodoxy and the Irish Rebellion, 1638–1644 (2017-10)
Langley, Chris R.
The Scottish Historical Review, 96(2) (pp. 137-160)


Lying Sick to Die: Dying, Informal Care and Authority in Scotland, ca. 1600–1660 (2017-03)
Langley, Chris R.
Sixteenth Century Journal, 48(1) (pp. 27-46)


Caring for Soldiers, Veterans and Families in Scotland, 1638-1651 (2017-01)
Langley, Chris R.
History, 102(349) (pp. 5-23)


“Diligence in his ministrie”: Languages of Clerical Sufficiency in Mid-Seventeenth-Century Scotland (2013)
Langley, Chris R.
Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte, 104(1)


Cultures of Care: Domestic Welfare, Discipline and the Church of Scotland, c. 1600–1689 (2020-05-11)
Langley, Chris R.
St Andrews Studies in Reformation History
ISBN : 978-90-04-42097-7 | Publisher : Brill | Published : Leiden


Worship, Civil War and Community, 1638–1660 (2015-11-20)
Langley, Chris R.
ISBN : 9781315644691 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London


Anticlericalism in Early Modern Scotland? (2021-07)
Langley, Chris R.
In: Langley, Chris R.; McMillan, Catherine E. and Newton, Russell eds. The Clergy in Early Modern Scotland. St Andrews Studies in Scottish History (pp. 89-110)
ISBN : 9781783276196 | Publisher : Boydell Press | Published : Woodbridge


Reading John Knox in the Scottish Revolution, 1638-42 (2020-06)
Langley, Chris R.
In: Langley, Chris R. ed. The National Covenant in Scotland, 1638–1689. Studies in Early Modern Cultural, Political and Social History (pp. 89-104)
ISBN : 9781783275304 | Publisher : Boydell Press | Published : Woodbridge


‘So necessarie and charitable a worke’: welfare, identity and Scottish prisoners of war in England, 1650–55 (2018-09)
Langley, Chris R.
In: Appleby, David and Hopper, Andrew eds. Battle-scarred: Mortality, medical care and military welfare in the British Civil Wars (pp. 211-229)
Publisher : Manchester University Press | Published : Manchester


‘A Sweet Love-Token betwixt Christ and His Church’: Kirk, Communion and the Search for Further Reformation, 1646–1658 (2016-01)
Langley, Chris R.
In: McCallum, John ed. Scotland's Long Reformation: New Perspectives on Scottish Religion, c. 1500–1660. St Andrews Studies in Reformation History (pp. 87-111)
ISBN : 978-90-04-32393-3 | Publisher : Brill | Published : Leiden


The Clergy in Early Modern Scotland (2021-07)
Langley, Chris R.; McMillan, Catherine E. and Newton, Russell eds.
St Andrews Studies in Scottish History
ISBN : 9781783276196 | Publisher : Boydell Press | Published : Woodbridge


The National Covenant in Scotland, 1638-1689 (2020-06)
Langley, Chris R. ed.
Studies in Early Modern Cultural, Political and Social History
ISBN : 9781783275304 | Publisher : Boydell Press | Published : Woodbridge


The Minutes of the Synod of Lothian and Tweeddale, 1648-1659 (2016-08)
Langley, Chris R. ed.
Scottish History Society 6th Series
ISBN : 9780906245415 | Publisher : Boydell Press | Published : Woodbridge